人類曾經裹皮為衣。而今，褪去保護功能的樹皮身軀不滅，經過解構、重組，依然堅守其柔韌的原始性格，不僅成為承載人類文明演進的要角 － 紙；當代纖維藝術家陳淑燕更鍾情將其置於臺灣在地素材的自然與人文脈絡，以及多元纖維質性所散發的創作語言。喻樹皮纖維為自然的有機個體，形塑其飽滿而蔓延的特質，捶打累積其文化的厚度，交織出我們與生存的環境之間，相互影響滲透的狀態！
陳淑燕此次展出的作品，包括：【原始之心】、【文明與本質的對話】、【置身其中的參與式創作-環境記錄、裝置】 等三個主題系列，而特別為樹火創作的 《精靈的羽翼》，是以竹編穹頂與飛翔的意象邀請民眾共同創作的裝置作品，營造與天際同呼吸的輕盈脈動！
Humans used to wrap bark around themselves for clothing. Now, bark lives on even after the protective function has been taken off, and maintains its flexible original nature, becoming the significant role as paper that carries the evolution of human civilization. Shu-Yen Chen, the contemporary fiber artist further devoted it to the nature and culture of Taiwan’s local materials, as well as the creative language distributed through diversified fiber quality, transforming bark fiber as a natural organic individuality, creating its satisfied and extending nature, as well as accumulating its cultural depth to create the mutually affective penetrating state between us and the existing environment!
Shu-Yen Chen sets off from land based on fiber featuring a natural quality, and wanders in-between the connection of self perspectives and social environment with a tender heart, so as to return to the inner primitive nature through the intersecting, authentication as well the flow between the original nature and human civilization, to spread out from the heart like flourishing flowers, and fly as light as feathers.
“To me, the interior of people resembles an indistinctively transparent container, as well as the pouch that incubates life; this is the most original place filled with vitality! When a contented life circulates, then the endless streams of sense will extend and spread from inside to outside, as well as penetrate from the exterior to interior.”
The experience of mountains and plains from childhood results in the inner desire of returning as well as connecting to primitive nature regardless of where Shu-Yen Chen is. Currently residing in Hualien, she further actively applies abundant local plant materials and indigenous people’s weaving and dyeing techniques to transform and develop the diversification of form and meaning within her creative designs, and further collaborates with the tribal craftsmanship as well as a joint team to depict ancient wisdom again through modern creations.
“The spiritual container is like a cocoon of life, which is composed of countless free bark fibers. The main reason for favoring the fiber creations of paper-making is being able to witness the decomposed fibers become free and independent, and then assemble them together again through the paper-making process; the assembled forms are organic and filled with vitality.
Through the constant and repeated process of beating the bark, I often put myself into the position of the bark being beaten, or withdraw to feel the pressure and accumulation the environment has on it, as bark resembles life itself or the cortex of life. Therefore, I start off from these perspectives to create a series of conversations between the primitive nature and civilization, the ancient and the modern, as well as a vitality with environment.”
Works exhibited by Shu-Yen Chen this time include three thematic collections: “Primitive Heart”, “Conversation between Civilization and Nature”, and “Participative Creation of Putting Oneself Within – Environmental Documentation and Installation”. The “Feather of Fairies” specially created for Suho is the installation artwork jointly created with the invitation of the general public on the images of bamboo-woven heaven and flying, which creates a light interaction that breathes with the skyline!
Now, please touch this piece of bark, smell its breath, and close your eyes temporarily to listen to the calls of the inner voice! Allow it to resonate under the heaven and penetrate through the clouds and valleys; see how the inner ancient spirit develops a journey to self exploration, and weaves into a creation of life featuring natural network amongst the traces of returning to the tender and comfortable sacred palace of the universe.
With bamboo weaving as the heavens that carry the habitation and flight of life; an ultimately organic active creation is incubating at Suho, and it is extending and spreading due to your participation; you are invited to come and be a fairy with feathers in the heaven of spirit and soul.